Type of Funding
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is offering fellowships for tropical forestry activities commencing after 1 February 2018, through the Freezailah Fellowship Fund, to help develop human resources and strengthen professional expertise in ITTO member countries in tropical forestry, tropical timber industries and related disciplines. The fellowships are particularly targeted to those in developing countries. The Fund aims to promote the sustainable management of tropical forests, the efficient use and processing of tropical timber, and better economic information about the international trade in tropical timber.
Priority areas for the fellowships are:
- Promoting good governance and enabling policy frameworks for strengthening sustainable forest management;
- Increasing the contribution of tropical forests to national and local economies;
- Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in tropical timber producing forests;
- Reducing tropical deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing environmental services;
- Improving the quality and availability of information on tropical forests, forest product markets and trade; and
- Developing human resource capacity to implement sustainable forest management and increase trade in forest goods and services from sustainably managed forests.
The maximum amount for a fellowship grant is US$10,000. The Fellowship provides tuition/training/conference fees, transportation fees, daily subsistence allowance, book allowance and other allowances. For post-graduate studies, only a partial tuition fee or a small research grant will be awarded.
Only individuals who are nationals of ITTO Member countries are eligible to apply (see the Official Website for list of ITTO member countries). The ITTO Fellowships are awarded mainly to nationals of developing countries. Awards are to be made to individuals not to institutions. ITTO may award Fellowships to nationals of consumer developed countries when: (a) the activities are carried out in Producer Member countries and the activities tend to benefit Producer Member countries; and/or (b) there is evidence of technology transfer for activities to be carried out in developed countries. Women foresters are encouraged to apply.
Eligible activities include: participation in international/regional conferences, short-term training courses, training internships at industries, research and educational institutions, study tours, and lecture/demonstration tours; technical document preparation, publication and dissemination, such as manuals and monographs; and small grants for post-graduate studies.
ITTO prefers to sponsor short-term activities.
Applications are to be done online by 20 June 2017.